Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Nintendo Switch Games

  • Publish Date: December 31, 2018
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Our "Quarterly Reports" provide a handy list of the 25 best games for each platform, both for the current year so far and for all time. There's a separate report for each platform, and they will be updated again during the first week in April.

Best-reviewed Switch games of 2018

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Undertale   93
This acclaimed 2015 indie action/RPG was ported to the Switch in 2018, and the result was even more critical acclaim.
2Super Smash Bros. Ultimate NEWBuy From Amazon92
3Celeste  92
4Bayonetta 2  92
5INSIDE  91
6Sonic Mania Plus Buy From Amazon91
7Hollow Knight  90
8Dead Cells Buy From Amazon90
9Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2 Buy From Amazon90
10Into the Breach  89
11Okami HD  89
12Hyper Light Drifter  88
13Diablo III: Eternal Collection NEWBuy From Amazon88
14Ikaruga  88
15Dragon Ball FighterZ Buy From Amazon88
16Guacamelee! 2 NEW 87
17Katamari Damacy REROLL NEW 87
18Owlboy  87
19Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition NEW 87
20Velocity 2X  87
21Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes  87
22Iconoclasts  87
23Crypt of the NecroDancer: Nintendo Switch Edition  86
24The Messenger  86
25Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Buy From Amazon86
... and the worst-reviewed:
315Nickelodeon Kart Racers NEWBuy From Amazon39
316Hello Neighbor Buy From Amazon39
317Hollow  36
318Fantasy Hero: Unsigned Legacy  34
319ARK: Survival Evolved NEWBuy From Amazon33

Includes games released between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 with at least seven reviews in our database. Note that games are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding. The Metascore is a weighted average of critic reviews on a scale of 0 (bad) to 100 (good). All scores are from December 31, 2018.

Best-reviewed Switch games of all time

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game Buy It Metascore
1The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017) Buy From Amazon97
2Super Mario Odyssey (2017) Buy From Amazon97
3Undertale (2018)  93
4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018) NEWBuy From Amazon92
5Celeste (2018)  92
6Bayonetta 2 (2018)  92
7Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017) Buy From Amazon92
8INSIDE (2018)  91
9Sonic Mania Plus (2018) Buy From Amazon91
10SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition (2017)  91
11Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (2017) Buy From Amazon91
12Hollow Knight (2018)  90
13Dead Cells (2018) Buy From Amazon90
14Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2 (2018) Buy From Amazon90
15Into the Breach (2018)  89
16Okami HD (2018)  89
17Hyper Light Drifter (2018)  88
18Diablo III: Eternal Collection (2018) NEWBuy From Amazon88
19SteamWorld Dig 2 (2017) Buy From Amazon88
20Ikaruga (2018)  88
21Cave Story + (2017) Buy From Amazon88
22Dragon Ball FighterZ (2018) Buy From Amazon88
23Stardew Valley (2017)  87
24Guacamelee! 2 (2018) NEW 87
25Enter the Gungeon (2017)  87

Games with fewer than 7 reviews are not eligible for inclusion.

For a complete list of all Switch high (and low) scores, visit Metacritic's Switch section.

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